National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme, also known as the NDIS, is the new national system of support for people with disability including mental illness. It is a new way of providing individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS will be run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The Agency will work with participants, their families and carers to assess eligibility for the scheme and to work with participants to develop support plans to meet their needs. Funding packages provided through the NDIS will assist participants to achieve their goals by choosing the services most important to them. 

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network cannot provide NDIS funding or packages, all applications must be made through the National Disability Insurance Agency. However, staff at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals can provide information and advice to help you apply and understand the scheme.

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Application and planning process

The National Disability Insurance Agency have released many useful resources to assist parents/carers through the application and planning phase. For more information see:

NDIS and children: Early intervention and therapy

Children under 7 years of age requiring early intervention and therapy may be eligible for funding under the NDIS scheme. The early intervention and therapy is intended to benefit children with a disability or developmental delay when there is evidence showing early support will reduce the impact of their disability and will benefit the child.

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View the Early Intervention and Therapy Factsheet

NDIS and cognitive impairment

Cognitive impairment refers to a wide range of disorders affecting cognitive functioning. These include: intellectual disability; acquired brain injury and foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. An individual may be eligible to become a participant of the NDIS where cognitive impairment affects their ability to participate at home, at school, at work and/or in social situations.  

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View the NDIS and Cognitive Impairment Factsheet

NDIS and mental health

The NDIS provides support and services for children and young people with mental illnesses that are likely to be permanent, affects their ability to take part in activities of daily living without support from others and is likely to require assistance from the NDIS over their lifetime.

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View the NDIS and Mental Health Factsheet

NDIS and assistive technology

Eligible participants can receive assistive technology through the NDIS. This includes reasonable and necessary aids and equipment, prosthetics and orthotics, home modifications and routine, non-clinical home care. Where care is essential for the support of a person living in the community, the NDIS can arrange clinically trained staff to assist with tasks such as catheter changes and skin integrity checks. 

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View the NDIS and Assistive Technology Factsheet